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A's Journey to Italy: First Days in Canale

What were you grateful for this week? I am grateful that my traveling went without any problems, and that I get to live with such a sweet host family!

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? Getting over the jet lag, and the communication barrier. 

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week. I have tried to help out with laundry and dishes, no matter how much my host family tells me I don't need to. 

Tell us about your week! My first few days in Italy have been wonderful! The flights and layovers were long, but once those were over with everything was better. When I arrived the first thing we did was go and get real Italian pizza! Best. Pizza. Ever.

I have spent a lot of time trying to get to know the family. It's hard with the language barrier, but we are doing better and better everyday; they are improving on their English a lot and I'm (barely) learning some Italian. I need to work on it more! It's been fun to learn about them and the culture. I'm learning so much every day!

One surprising thing is all the corn fields! When you get past all the vineyards the ground is flat and there's corn everywhere. It reminds me of home. And we have even got stuck going slow behind tractors! That's something I never thought would happen here in Italy. It definitely helps me feel less homesick.

[The host daughter] and I are getting along well. She likes to read books, and to play hide and seek. She knows the word "apple" really well. 

Everyone here is so friendly and accommodating. It's making the transition so much easier! I can't wait for the next three months! 

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